Food, drink and nightlight in Crete
We've covered the history and natural wonders of Crete, which is enough to make anyone want to visit the island. However, there's there is one area that we are yet to explore: its food, drink and nightlife. Whether you're looking for a quiet drink in a low-key bar or a big night out in a busy club, the isle is a bustling hub filled with loads of establishments that will get you in high spirits. Here are a few of our recommendations.
Food and drink
Thalassino Ageri, Chania
For meat eaters, you cannot visit this area of the world and not try its wonderful seafood. Thalassino Ageri is an eatery that has been committed to serving the highest quality fruits of the sea. Located in Crete's second biggest city, Chania, you will be treated to authentic Greek fish-based dishes that include sea bream, pike and red mullet. Seafood comes in the form of lobster, prawns and squid. For those in the mood for an Italian style meal, chefs will make seafood spaghetti upon request, too.
The wine selection is also of note, with many local types on offer such as Crete Olympias and Kretikos Rizitis Dourakis - two crisp, fruity wines made a stone's throw from the restaurant.
A classic table view. Image courtesy of Thalassino Ageri's Facebook.
For those who want both sumptuous food and sights, Dounias is worth a look. Also located in Chania, visitors will be greeted by the scenery of the White Mountains as it rests around 600 metres high. Expect Greek food made with the freshest ingredients, such as stuffed aubergine, and all the meat used is from a nearby farm. Best tip: don't forget to try the handmade bread in a little olive oil.
The Staff are very friendly. Image courtesy of Dounias' Facebook.
Ormos Cafe, Sisi
Looking for a place to watch the sun go down from? The small port village of Sisi (in the north east of the island) should be your next destination. It has a fantastic selection of cocktails, beers and spirits and boasts an enchanting view over the harbour.
An example of the fine cocktails on offer. Image courtesy of Ormos Cafe's Facebook.
Olympio Cafe, Makry-Gialos
Hidden away in the south-west, Makry Gialos (meaning long beach) is a tiny slice of paradise. Among the beautiful beaches of clear sandy and waters, one will find the Olympio Cafe where it is possible to sample what is considered to be world class food (in addition to renowned olive oil). Alongside this, it is possible to sample a great range of beverages as you look out onto the coastline.
The exterior of the building. Image courtesy of Olympio Cafe's Facebook.
New York Beach Club, Hersonissos
For those looking for a big night out then, Hersonissos is where the party is. The New York Beach Club is a venue that caters to travellers from all over the globe as they play massive hits until the early hours. It's modern and exciting, and encircled by beautiful surroundings.
Club revellers in the midst of it. Image courtesy of New York Beach Club's Instagram account.
Avalon Metal Cafe, Chania
Chania may be a food hotspot, but it's also a great place to unwind. It also caters to those who want to listen to a more alternative sound. Expect hard rock all night, a lot of good beer and a glorious stone interior - perfect for the club's theme.
A fan photo of a club night at Avalon. Image courtesy of the venue's Facebook.